- Sergio Perez won the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix with +1200 odds at Caesars Sportsbook.
- The win was the third of Perez’s career, making him the winningest Mexican driver in Formula One.
- Perez is just 15 points off Driver Standings leader and teammate Max Verstappen.
Sergio Perez beat the odds to win the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday.
The 32-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico entered the race with odds to win ranging from +1000 to +1200. But after taking P-3 in the qualifying round, Perez turned in a superb drive in changing conditions to win the season’s most famous race.
Third Different F1 Winner in 2022
— Motorsport.com (@Motorsport) May 29, 2022
With Perez winning in Monaco, Formula One now has three race winners this season. Prior to the Monaco Grand Prix, the first six races of the 2022 Formula Grand Prix were won by either Max Verstappen or Charles Leclerc. Now you can add Checo Perez to the list. Perez is also the first Mexican-born driver to win the Monaco Grand Prix and the first North American to win the race since Jacque Villanueve in 1981.
It was Perez’s third career Grand Prix win, giving him one more than the late Pedro Rodriguez who won the 1967 South African Grand Prix while driving a Cooper-Maserati and the 1970 Belgian Grand Prix in a BRM. Interestingly, Perez drove the Monaco Grand Prix wearing a helmet that paid tribute to the Mexican F1 legend. The top of Checo’s helmet featured their combined stats of 4 wins and 25 podiums, with the words “and counting” below the numbers. True enough, Perez added one more win on Sunday.
Just a week ago, Perez voiced his disappointment when his team, Red Bull, ordered him to yield to teammate and defending world champion Max Verstappen in the Spanish Grand Prix. The move allowed Verstappen to win the race and overtake Leclerc for the lead in the Drivers Standings. There was no such incident on Sunday as Perez climbed to within 15 points of his teammate. Verstappen is still the leader in the standings with Leclerc nine points behind him at second. But there’s no doubt that Perez has made this year’s F-1 world championship a three-way contest.
Leclerc Was Heavy Favorite to Win Home Race
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— Caesars Sportsbook (@CaesarsSports) May 28, 2022
The result was a disappointing finish for Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc who entered the weekend as the heavy -250 odds on favorite to win his home race after taking pole position in a dominant qualifying run. Verstappen was the second favorite at +450 while Carlos Sainz was listed at +700. Perez only had the 4th-best odds to win the race but Ferrari blundered on its strategy and Leclerc ended up finishing 4th, behind Sainz and Verstappen who completed Sunday’s podium with race winner Perez.
Perez has opened with the third-best odds to win the next race of the season in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on June 12th. Verstappen is the current odds on favorite to win the race at +110 with Leclerc chasing the defending champion at +175. Verstappen produced the fastest lap in Baku City last year while Leclerc started from P1. However, it was Perez who won the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in 2021.
Verstappen is still the solid odds on favorite to win the 2022 Drivers Championship at -138 at Bet365 USA while Leclerc is the second favorite at +150. Mercedes’ George Russell has the third-best odds at +1600 while Perez is just fourth at +2200, just ahead of seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton who is fifth at +2500. Meanwhile, Red Bull is also the -138 odds on favorite to win the Constructors championship while Ferrari is second at +125. Mercedes is a distant third at +1000.